The reality of the situation is a mystery to me but there’s been a lot of talk, half in public and behind closed doors, about how, back in the spring, Sony Execs sat down to watch The Amazing Spider-Man and came away a little unhappy. Quickly, they set about having a good chunk of the film reworked.
And after release, a lot of viewers noted how disjointed some of the film seems, and how many loose ends there are.
Sony Columbia’s head honcho, Douglas Belgrad, has given an interview to The Hollywood Reporter that touches quickly on this issue. He admits where the problems were:
The section where Rhys Ifans’ character turns irrevocably into the Lizard. It took several months to figure out, and the filmmakers cut a bunch of scenes. In software parlance, it required a patch.
That’s how they stumbled last time, but looking forward, what’s the state of play with the sequel? It has a good release date locked in, so the studio will be working hard to get their pieces in place without too much fuss. Still, Belgrad says:
We’d really like [director Marc Webb] back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox.
I asked Webb on the London Premiere red carpet if he was working with the sequels’ recently appointed writers, Alex Kurtzmann and Bob Orci and he said that he hadn’t started work with them. I projected a “yet” onto the end of that, but perhaps Webb was simply not getting started because he wasn’t sure he’d be staying around.
My hunch is that Sony are already looking for a replacement. They may, perhaps, also be trying to broker a deal with Webb, but it doesn’t really sound that way on the surface.
The Amazing Spider-Man had great cinematography and was brilliantly well cast but I could criticise it on most other counts. I don’t feel that Webb is essential to making a second part that will work, and it would seem, from (500) Days of Summer, that his niche really lies elsewhere.
In fact, I’ll be a little disappointed if Webb ends up staying with Spider-Man and not moving onto something new, something that will fit in his hand a little more neatly.